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Author Solivagant
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#1 | Posted: 23 Mar 2018 17:01 | Edited by: Solivagant 
Let's start a new "Country Topic"!!
Whilst planning for an upcoming trip to Albania I have come across this which seems to suggest that Albania has actually produced and submitted by end of Feb 1 2018 (as required by the rules) a Nomination for "The Natural and Cultural Heritage of Ohrid Lake region" as an extension to the existing Macedonian WHS. A surprise about this is that is hasn't so far figured in our list of Nominations for the 2019 WHC -
https://invest-in-albania.org/ohrid-lake-way-unesco-listing-world-heritage/

I have also found this document from 2015 which lays out the history of the extension and anticipated plans (including details of the support given by UNESCO etc for this pilot project to trial and develop "Upstream Process" support to States Parties when developing nominations) which were indeed due to complete at the end of 2017. It also contains a nice map showing the intended boundaries of the extension. It is clear that the Nomination is only a part of a much wider plan "The Ohrid Lake Transboundary Project" for "Improved trans boundary cooperation and management effectiveness in place for the protection and sustainable development of the natural and cultural heritage of the Lake Ohrid region "
See - https://rm.coe.int/168048d890

It would appear that the nomination might also encompass another of Albania's T List sites - the Illyrian Tombs of Bassa Selca - https://www.worldheritagesite.org/tentative/id/909
However, whilst the text says it does, the map says it doesn't - unless as a location separate from the main lakeside area! In which case then surely the final nomination will have excluded it in order to avoid extra complications?

Author meltwaterfalls
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#2 | Posted: 24 Mar 2018 17:24 
Perfect timing Solivagant, especially alongside Els' blog post flagging up its value for money.

I didn't realise the Ohrid extension was moving forward at present, something to factor in to future planning.

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